With launch of the AdelaideFree WiFi network in June 2014, 97% of Adelaide’s CBD became a WiFi hotspot; the largest of its type in Australia, offering infinite possibilities for innovation and business growth in the city centre.
Recognising this, the Capital City Committee Forum 2014: AdelaideFree WiFi:Capitalising on the Benefits for City Business, was an invitation to city businesses to learn more about the network, its possibilities and benefits, as well as the latest global trends on city and business innovation using WiFi and digital technology.
The Forum was held on 26 June, 2014 at the Adelaide Festival Theatre and it attracted some 80 representatives from the technology, retail, business services and hospitality sectors; industry associations; social enterprise; Council and Government. It was facilitated by Futurist Dr Kristin Alford from Bridge8.
The line up of speakers included:
- The Hon John Rau MP, Deputy Premier and Committee Chair
- The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood (Committee Member)
- The Hon Susan Close MP (Committee Member)
- John Edwards, Internode
- Zohar Cohen, Cisco
- Michael L Reid, Majoran Distillery
- Maria Moscaritolo, communikate et al
- Martin Reade, Deloitte
Demonstrations were also given of award-winning apps from the AdelaideFree WiFi app competition.
The WiFi network is a partnership of the Government of South Australia, Adelaide City Council and Internode and an important foundation in creating a contemporary, digitally connected city. The existence of the network also contributed to the decision by digital innovation company CISCO to establish an ‘Internet of Things Innovation Hub’ in the city centre as part of their international ‘Smart + Connected Cities’ program.